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Emperor Shrimp - Periclimenes imperator.jpg
Periclimenes imperator
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Caridea
Family: Palaemonidae
Genus: Periclimenes
Costa, 1844 [1]
Type species
Periclimenes amethysteus
(Risso, 1827) [2]

The genus Periclimenes contains a large number of species of shrimp that live symbiotically with larger animals, most commonly sea anemones, although some corals, sea stars, sea cucumbers. In the case of the imperial shrimp, P. imperator, the Spanish dancer sea slug, Hexabranchus sanguineus, is often the preferred host.[3]

The genus contains the following species:[4]